What If I Don’t Like My Child?

“But I don’t even LIKE THIS KID!!” Admitting to anyone, sometimes including ourselves, that we really don’t like our kids can be a scary thing to admit! After all, what kind of parent doesn’t like their “precious angel baby”...

Puppets, Their Palace, and Keeping it Funny!

As many parents of kids with emotional special needs know, Christmas can be an extremely difficult time of year. Behaviors can be off the charts crazy, emotions run high for everyone, and an attitude of entitlement rages in the background. One of several things...

The Ultimate Secret to Helping Tough Kids Heal…

If there’s any one thing about parenting her kids that I could shout from the rooftops it would be this. The most important person to get help is mom. It isn’t the kids. Yes, they need help too. But, if you have to pick one person who gets help first, choose...

The Importance of Play

Playtime used to be fun. When my daughter was born, play came quite naturally for both of us. It was a joyous thing and we played together all the time. Knowing what I know now, it was a critical piece of our bonding and attachment. As she got a little older and was...

You Were Right

As I reviewed one of my old blogs this morning, I came across the most emotionally charged post I have ever written.  I wrote it about 3 weeks after we returned to the United States after adopting our kids. Though it is quite possibly the shortest post I’ve ever...